Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Misty Benson's Morbidly Adorable Creations

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM

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  • courtesy of the Record Exchange

You may have seen her big-eyed girl with candy corn-colored hair on the cover of Boise Weekly's last Halloween issue or her 10 paintings hanging in Basement Gallery throughout the months of December and January. Nampa artist Misty Benson also created a "Morbidly Adorable Munny" doll for the Record Exchange's annual charity auction last year, and the RX currently sells some of her cute and creepy wares, including figurines, stickers, buttons and necklaces.

Inspired by Frida Kahlo, Pullip dolls and GIG (a 1960s artist who was a contemporary of Margaret Keane), Benson primarily paints in acrylics and sculpts her characters in paperclay.

"In the dry Idaho climate, acrylics dry pretty much the moment I lay them on canvas. Paperclay, which is a mixture of volcanic ash and paper pulp, also air dries. I don't have to bake it or worry about it becoming too heavy like Sculpey. I have tried many different mediums, but these are my favorites," Benson says.

Benson has a BA in cultural anthropology and a BFA in studio arts.

"Neither discipline really taught me how to paint, prepare for becoming an artist, run my own business or sell on the Internet. They just allowed me to experience the world and think in ways that I may have never learned on my own," she says.

In addition to being a creator, Benson is an entrepreneur, doing all her own social networking, licensing and administrative work to sell her art. Benson's products range from stickers to pewter necklaces and figurines to scrapbooking stamps and can be found at mistybenson.com and the usual suspects like eBay, Etsy and Zazzle.

"My art has been licensed through various companies that distribute my work to retail stores across the U.S. and abroad," says Benson. "Items such as shoes and T-shirts are actually designed by myself, and then I submit them online to Zazzle. They allow me to offer T-shirts, posters, mousepads, iphone cases and so many other cool items featuring my art."

While Benson makes an annual pilgrimage to San Diego's Comic Con, we'll also be able to find her at our own Hyde Park Street Fair this September.

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  • courtesy of mistybenson.com

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  • courtesy of mistybenson.com

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  • courtesy of mistybenson.com

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  • courtesy of zazzle.com

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  • Courtesy of the artist

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